Yesterday was an absolutely fantastic day. It was about 75 and sunny, you know any of you Californian’s are spoiled by that weather. Here in Iowa we get this oh a few times in the spring and a few times in the fall so when we have it, I know that we can’t let the day go to waste.
I made a new recipe for breakfast yesterday. Sweet Potato pancakes… Recipe to follow at the end of this. It was awesome.
So yesterday I started out by going to the driving range. I’m not much of a golfer but I figured why the heck not. By the end of my bucket of balls I was hitting the driver pretty well, I was proud of myself and I may actually go play a round with a friend next weekend. After that I decided to go grab a geocache at Morgan Creek Park. For those of you that are new to geocaching, essentially its like a high tech version of hide and go seek or treasure hunting. Well there was one left in the park that I still hadn’t been able to get because it has been disabled for awhile. It got relisted last month so I though I know where its at I may as well go get it. Well… this one happens to be submerged in the middle of the aforementioned creek. 🙂 So I rolled up my jeans and started wading… Man that water was COLD. I’m not sure I ever really warmed up the rest of the day. I didn’t think the creek was all that deep, but I was wrong about that too. (SO glad I left my cell phone in the car.) Anyway I got the geocache from the bottom of the creek, signed the log and went on my merry way.
I made some lunch trying a new recipe for Kohlrabi, Potatoes and Peas… It was a good way to use our stuff, but I’m not really all that sure that I’d try it again.
Jacks had the idea to go to the park for a hike in the afternoon with Basil. So glad we did. We went to Palisades Keppler State Park which is about 15 minutes away from us. Its a beautiful park that is right on the edge of the Cedar River. There are a lot of bluffs and some really wonderful trails. In the winter the amount of eagles that you can see is awesome. We had a lot of good opportunities for photo’s and I think we got some good ones of us together. Always a bonus. Judge for yourselves.
I particularly enjoy the picture of Basil just looking up the stairs. Its like he’s saying, “Come on, what are we waiting for!” The family picture I also enjoy, although I think it would have been a smidge better had the focus been set on us instead of the pillar. Sorry all, I’m not an expert with the self timer shooting yet. Jacks suggested I get one of those little remote shutter devices… Now that would be cool.
Burning off all those calories hiking lead to a Vegan Peanut Butter bar treat (my favorite) followed by a delicious bar style meal featuring Gardein Sliders, French Fries, Baked Beans and a tasty beer… To be reviewed in tomorrows inaugural “Sunday Sips”. It was a truly wonderful day.
So I also promised a recipe… Here is is.
Sweet Potato Pancakes adapted from the Southern Food Recipe
- 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
- 2/3 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
- 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed, 3 tablespoons of water, mix and allowed to sit in fridge 15 min)
- 3/4 cups almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons earth balance spread, melted
Mix together dry ingredients into a medium bowl. Combine remaining ingredients; add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon 1/4 cup onto hot greased griddle or skillet and fry, turning once, until browned on both sides. Makes about 10 pancakes.